Islamic Art and Culture

Islamic Art and Culture : A Visual History

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Now more then ever, Islam and Islamic culture is a topic that is as misunderstood as it is fascinating. In this exquisite oversized volume spanning 1200 years of history, celebrated scholar Professor Nasser D. Khalili presents a benchmark visual history of the peoples, the cultures, and the artworks that have defined the Islamic world. From Spain to Indonesia, North Africa to China, more than fifty of the world's nations are of the Muslim faith. The material culture of the Muslim people is accordingly rich and varied, ranging from huge architectural projects to minutely detailed miniature paintings, exquisitely patterned silk textiles and bold calligraphy.Histories of the art of the Islamic lands have, until now, either been very general or highly focused on particular regions or types of artifacts. The oversized format of Islamic Art and Culture provides the reader with the magnificent sweep of the arts of Islam in a unique and accessible way. Diverse developments throughout the Islamic world are compared simultaneously across time and place, and specific objects and buildings seen in the light of key events in Muslim history. From calligraphy to carpets, armor to architecture, this book voluptuously reveals the immense heritage handed down through Islamic artists over the centuries and examines their relationship to their Western peers.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 186 pages
  • 254 x 375.9 x 27.9mm | 2,063.87g
  • Overlook Press
  • United States
  • English
  • 1585678392
  • 9781585678396
  • 2,476,767

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